children's books that build a love of math

This page lists fun, clever books on math for kids. Math can be challenging, so when the usual explanations and strategies don't work, what's a teacher to do?  Use math picture books!  A funny and/or interesting story pulls the kids in, and then the different approach (vs. traditional math direct instruction) means even the frustrated kids are more receptive to learning math. Children who claim to not like math can find an engaging, 'friendly' entry into the  subject via clever math picture books.

Best Books on Math for Kids

numbers & counting
A perfect resource for
teaching preschool &
Kindergarten math.

addition books
These creative books
make learning addition
more fun & concrete.

subtraction books
Best math picture
books for subtraction
math lessons.

shapes books
Children's books make
learning this fun topic
even more fun!

measurement books
Add these great books
to your classroom or
home school math.

multiplication books
Great for showing
real world uses

division books
We're still building this
list. Know of any math
books we can add?

telling time books
Elementary math
includes teaching days,
clocks, calendars...

geometry books
Math picture books
can make learning
geometry more clear.

money books
Make learning about
money fun with these
great picture books.

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estimation books
Strong estimation
skills are invaluable to
math success.


Fractions can be a
challenge, but these
books can help!

probability books
These cute math
books are great for
this important topic.


Graphing is fun with
these clever math
picture books for kids.

other math books
A range of math
picture books on place
value, odd/even...

Why we use great kids books when teaching math for kids:

Clever, funny, well-illustrated, interesting math kids books can make teaching real world math so much easier for teachers and more fun for kids. Truthfully, we work on this section of the website more than any other section because we know how important differentiating math lessons can be.  Some kids really struggle with thinking mathematically and need the material presented in a number of different ways. Math story books and picture books do this beautifully! Adding a few math picture books might seem like a 'nice extra' to your math lessons, but chances are there are a few students for whom this extra little step will make ALL the difference in the world.

Math children's books are also a powerful vehicle for demonstrating to children that math is all around us!  Math does 'matter' because we interact with it each and every day. Teaching real world applications of math is a vital part of math education, but doing so in a meaningful way can take A LOT of time. That's why we love math books for kids. Let them tell the math story, show the applications, make the math come alive!

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